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Mayor gives Rotary chief key to city

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented John Kenny, president of Rotary International, the key to the city during the Rotary board of directors meeting today.

Rotary has long been headquartered in Evanston, moving to its current headquarters building on Sherman Avenue in 1987.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented John Kenny, president of Rotary International, the key to the city during the Rotary board of directors meeting today.

Rotary has long been headquartered in Evanston, moving to its current headquarters building on Sherman Avenue in 1987.

It’s an honor "to have the international headquarters of the Rotary located right here in Evanston," said the mayor said, adding that the group is "an important part of our community and I applaud them for their commitment to the city, not just for having moved here, but also for voluntarily paying taxes as a non-profit organization. I wish them nothing but success with all their incredible work they do around the world."

John Kenny, a retired judge from Grangemouth, Scotland, took office as president of Rotary International last July, becoming the first Scotsman to head the international humanitarian service organization in its 105-year history.

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